- Format: Paperback
- Number of Pages: 416 pages
- Dimensions: 106.68 x 175.26 x 33.02mm
- Weight: 204.12g
- Publication date: 26 Oct 2010
- Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Danielle Steel sweeps us from a Manhattan courtroom to the Deep South in her powerful new novel at once a behind-closed-doors look into the heart of a family and a tale of crime and punishment. SOUTHERN LIGHTS Eleven years have passed since Alexa Hamilton left the South behind, fleeing the pain of her ex-husband s betrayal and the cruelty of his prominent Charleston family. Now an assistant D.A. in Manhattan, Alexa has finally put her demons to rest, raising her daughter alone and making a name for herself as a top prosecutor taking on some of the city s toughest cases. But as Alexa prepares for her latest case, the high-stakes trial of accused serial killer Luke Quentin, threatening letters addressed to Savannah, her beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter, throw Alexa s private life into turmoil. Certain that Quentin is behind the letters, Alexa must make the toughest choice of all: to send her daughter back to her ex-husband s world of southern tradition and memories of betrayal. While Alexa s trial builds to a climax in New York, her daughter settles into southern life, discovering a father and family history she barely knows. As secrets are exposed and old wounds are healed, Alexa and Savannah, after a season in different worlds, will come together again strengthened by the challenges they have faced and changed by the mysteries they have unraveled. From the gritty chaos of Manhattan s criminal court system to the seductive gentility of the South, from the rage of a hardened criminal to the tender bond between a mother and a daughter, "Southern Lights" will catch you off guard at every turn."